Zach Aston-Reese Scores Twice to Lift Maple Leafs Over Hurricanes 5-2
Aston-Reese and Leafs Bounce Back After Two-Game Skid
Zach Aston-Reese led the Toronto Maple Leafs to victory against the Carolina Hurricanes with two goals in a Friday night game that snapped a two-game losing streak. Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, and Morgan Rielly also notched goals for the Maple Leafs, who now hold a three-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division.
Marner Credits Sticking to the Game Plan for the Win
After the game, Marner commended his team for sticking to their plan, saying, “When they were pressuring us hard, we did our job… We got opportunities off it, and when we did, we didn’t miss.” The team’s play helped them bounce back from their previous two losses.
Necas and Skjei Score Apple-less Carolina Goals
While the Hurricanes struggled to put points on the board, Martin Necas and Brady Skjei each notched a goal for the team, breaking the Maple Leafs’ shutout. However, the Hurricanes’ defense allowed the Maple Leafs to pull ahead with their big-name goal scorers.
Aston-Reese, Matthews, Marner, and Rielly Make the Difference
Aston-Reese got the scoring started with his first goal of the night a few minutes into the game, while Matthews and Tavares picked up power-play goals later in the first period. Marner and Rielly each netted goals for the Maple Leafs, contributing to the team’s commanding victory.
Maple Leafs Defenseman Schenn Plays First Game With Old Team After Nearly a Decade
After being reacquired from the Vancouver Canucks before the trade deadline, defenseman Luke Schenn played his first game at Scotiabank Arena as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in almost 4,000 days. Fans gave Schenn a warm welcome and even chanted his name throughout the game.
Hurricanes Without Svechnikov
The Carolina Hurricanes played without star forward Andrei Svechnikov, who suffered a season-ending knee injury the previous Saturday. The loss left them unable to counter the Maple Leafs’ potent offense.
The Hurricanes will go on to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, while the Maple Leafs will face off against the Ottawa Senators on the same day.